McMinnville Church of Christ
1801 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, OR, 97128
Sundays @ 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 6 pm
Wednesdays @ 7 pm
~ QUESTION & ANSWER ~
Most of us have questions about God, Jesus, and the Bible. We also have questions about life and how we live it. Maybe you have questions regarding decisions you are facing or issues that have come up in your life. This is a place for you to ask those questions. We will do our very best to answer every question that is submitted to us. If you have a question please email it to us and we will email you a response. We may post the question and answer here, if so all names will remain anonymous.
Question 1: If God is so loving, why do bad things happen?
Answer: We must deal with the presumption that God causes the bad things to happen and/or randomly chooses to stop them. The fact is we live in a fallen world. Since Adam and Eve sinned and were removed from the garden man has lived in a world of chaos where bad things happen. We struggle with events like earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, floods, diseases, etc... Those things that occur "naturally" in the world but have an adverse effect on humanity. We struggle with why God wouldn't stop these things from occurring. Another problem we struggle with is the free will of man. Mankind enjoys having the ability to choose what we will believe, whom we will follow and what we do. But when someone else's choice has an adverse effect on us, we then question why God would choose to not take away their free will.
Habakkuk was a prophet who complained to God, "How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but You do not listen? Or cry out to you, "Violence!" but you do not save?" (Habakkuk 1:2)
Habakkuk was bothered by the way the wicked Israelites were mistreating their poor neighbors. So, God told Habakkuk not to worry, because He was sending the Babylonians to overtake their kingdom. The prophet was shocked by what he heard! How could God use a nation that was even more unrighteous than Israel to resolve the first problem? Habakkuk had wanted a little justice, just enough to clean up the mess he could see, not enough to destroy his homeland. Yet,
in the end Habakkuk began to understand just how much he did not understand. He sighed, Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior." (Habakkuk 3:16-18)
Answer: The nature of the question indicates we are discussing the act of worshipping God on the first day of the week, or our "corporate" worship and not the idea of individual, daily moments of recognition of God. Let's start by talking about some reasons we come together for worship. First of all, it is commanded by God (Deut 6:13). Worship of God provides us an opportunity to express love and thanksgiving to God, to express our desire to submit to the will of God, to seize the opportunity to learn, to provide a source of strength for you and others, to edify others, and to set a good example for those outside the church. The church, since its inception, has always assembled on a regular basis (Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 11:17-34). God understands that by assembling with those of "like precious faith" we would be strengthened, therefore, He commands us to not forsake the assembling together (Heb. 10:24-25). Christians are to anticipate the assembling together so that we can stimulate one another to greater love for the Lord, dedication to His cause, and activity in His service.
It is hard to understand why anyone who claims to be a Christian and to love God would seek to absent themselves as much as possible from assembling with the church. Attending the assembly of Christians can be a barometer of faithfulness; if anyone lacks the determination to assemble in the Lord's presence with His disciples, they usually have already forsaken many other, if not all, religious activities. Yet, while attendance at worship assemblies is important, it should not be overemphasized. There is more to being a faithful child of God than just being present at all services of the church. The good works Christ wants us to do must not be neglected (Eph. 2:10). If we are seeking the kingdom of God first (Matt. 6:33), attending worship services should be one of our highest priorities.